As we head into the final weeks before the American election, censorship and editorial interference on social media has reached an unprecedented level. Over the past week, hundreds of on-line commentators and reporters on the Right were unceremoniously removed from platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
In justifying its censorship, YouTube posted notices which read: “This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully, or threaten.” No specifics given.
It should be self-evident that the only thing being “threatened” is the ideology of the Left. What is being censored is the ideas of the Right.
Combined with all the fake news propagated by the mainstream media, the continual oppression of free speech is having its desired effect. This can be seen in the public’s broad compliance with fascist rules and regulations that should never be tolerated in any free society. Such blind obedience has now become an incredible threat to individual freedom.
It’s a sad fact that most people have great difficulty in determining what is true and therefore do not trust their own judgement, even when presented with all the information needed. Invariably they concur with “public opinion,” an opinion largely controlled by a false narrative based on ideology and censorship, not on objective ideas.
Whether for good or for evil, ideas move the world. Only with freedom of speech and the means to express (and hear!) that speech, can one reliably distinguish between what is just ideology and the ideas that are Just Right.
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